Theater: THE BEST OF 1983: Theater

Brighton Beach Memoirs. Neil Simon mixes slapstick and sentiment in his autobiographical play about an American family, that secret society where the passwords are forgive and remember.

La Cage aux Folies. The one megabit musical in a torpid Broadway season, Harvey Fierstein's gay valentine boasts a spectacular turn by George Hearn, as a Saint-Tropez drag queen, and surefire Jerry Herman songs that might have been composed on a calliope.

Fen and Top Girls. In the first, five women till the harsh swampland of Norfolk; in the second, a Thatcheresque career woman chats with her peers from throughout history. In both, British...

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